a member of a race of savage one-eyed giants, said to have been the builders of the walls of Mycenae. In the Odyssey
escaped death by blinding the one-eyed Polyphemus
. The name comes via Latin from Greek Kuklōps
, literally ‘round-eyed’, from kuklos
‘circle’ + ōps
The term cyclopean
is used to denote a type of ancient masonry made with massive irregular blocks, by association with the great size of the Cyclops.
Cyclops (sī´klŏps), plural Cyclopes (sīklō´pēz), in Greek mythology, immense one-eyed beings. They appear in at least two distinct traditions. According to Hesiod the Cyclopes were smiths, the sons of Uranus and Gaea. They were imprisoned in Tartarus by their father and again by their brother Kronos. In return for their freedom they gave Zeus the thunderbolt that aided him in overthrowing Kronos. In Homer the Cyclopes are a lawless, barbarous, and pastoral people, one of whom (Polyphemus) Odysseus encounters in his wanderings.
, collapse, craps, elapse, lapse, perhaps, schnapps
•prolapse • synapse • Lesseps
•jackanapes • Pepys
, eclipse, ellipse, thrips
•Phillips • apocalypse
, Stars and Stripes
•copse • Cheops • Pelops • Cyclops
•triceratops • corpse • Stopes
•turps • mumps • goosebumps
Cyclops ★★ 1956
When an expedition party searches throughout Mexico for a woman's long lost fiance, they are shocked when they find out that radiation has turned him into a one-eyed monster. 72m/B VHS, DVD . Tom Drake, Gloria Talbott, Lon Chaney Jr., James Craig; D: Bert I. Gordon.
(Gr. myth.) one of a race of one-eyed giants. XV. — L. Cyclōps
— Gr. Kúklōps
‘round-eyed’, f. kúklos
) + ṓps EYE